Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten explores the decadence of the Edwardian era in her new series, “In Service.” Recreating the abusive relationships of the wealthy with their servants, she staged vignettes that depict episodes of exploitation, some of them sexual in nature. “I was fortunate to find three stately homes in the south of England,” she said. “Built in the 18th Century, their interior decorations closely resemble those found in grand houses in the Edwardian era.”
To spell out the class difference, she dressed the servants in authentic butler and maid uniforms, and some of the female employers in Alexander McQueen and Chanel. As in her other work, the high-gloss tableaus continue to blur the line between commercial and art photography.